The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Celebrates Excellence of Women Writers


Previously known as the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction (2013-2016) and the Orange Prize for Fiction (1996-2012), the Women’s Prize for Fiction announced their 2018 shortlist. The award celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.”

The shortlist, which includes three debut novelists, is as follows (with bonus links when possible):

The Idiot by Elif Batuman (our review)
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (part of our 2017 Great Book Preview)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (The Millions’ interview with Ward)

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